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Writing an Edinburgh Show (Part 3 – Grinding to a halt)

It was bound to happen I suppose, that nice free feeling of making something becoming replaced with a deep black…
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Writing an Edinburgh Show (Part 2)

So I've started writing my Edinburgh show and it's slow progress so far. Essentially the idea is that i'm going…
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Writing an Edinburgh Show (Part 1)

I've been noticeably unproductive over the past 7 months, I think since I finished working on Gaffer and the uncertainty about…
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Gossip Girl: A Completely Objective Review

I've come under a bit of criticism in our household recently for my alleged addiction to "that game". The game…
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Democracy: Vote Sam Freeman

I recently started writing a play about party politics - it was loosely based around a man going from idealized…
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Film Review: Birdman

Jean Claude Van Damme doesn't feature in Birdman, but after watching this superb piece of contemporary film making I found…
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Resolutions

I could never quite make my mind up if resolutions are a brilliant idea or a terrible idea. On the…
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A Year Of Comedy, Theatre, Weddings & Houses

Another year has almost passed and with it another vial of my youth is lost to the ravages of time,…
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Spektrix Conference 2014

I’m on my way back from the Spektrix Conference 2014 and I thought I’d pop my musings down. At the…
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Storytelling: The Station

My latest story - very roughly recorded at 81 Renshaw Street in October - have a listen, see what you…
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Review: DV8: John

My sister bought me tickets to see DV8 at the Playhouse as a thank you present. I have to confess…
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A gig in Leeds to mostly silence

I've just got back from Leeds and, sat in bed, suddenly don't feel at all tired so I thought I'd…
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Frauds, Hipsters and the word C**t

There were three things that Charlene despised. The first were frauds, the seemingly never ending line of people pretending to…
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Seeing the trees

"Sometimes you can't see the wood for the trees" As my last blog post probably hinted at I've had a…
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Comedy deaths, Man Utd and the pit of despair.

I've found that recently I've become, metaphorically, in my comedy career, Man Utd. It was all going so well a…
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Edinburgh 2014

This is my fourth year of coming up to Edinburgh and seeing shows and I've got in the habit of…
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What I’m working on…

Its been a while since I updated people on what I'm working on so I thought that as I'd finally…
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The life formerly known as Sam Freeman’s.

Life has had a change for me in the last couple of months. Firstly I've finished directing a show and…
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“Gaffer” – 9/10 Liverpool Sound & Vision

Life’s a pitch for a good manager, in the testosterone filled world of football, there is the hard work but…
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“Gaffer” – Madeup.lv

Football; international bajillion-dollar industry to be sure, but one not exactly known for its tolerance of diversity (insert undergraduate thesis…
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“Gaffer” – Liverpool Echo ****

The beautiful game, it seems, has an ugly side – and not just one that leaves teeth marks. Writer Chris…
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“Gaffer” – The Public Reviews ****

Gaffer is an impressive act of performance with all twenty parts being played by just one actor. He carries a play…
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Tech rehearsals

It's Monday at 5:40 and I'm currently sat in the back of the theatre as preparations for Gaffer happen all…
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The TEN types of open acts…

I wanted to share my views on the different types of people I've experienced as an open act doing comedy…
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Feeling Mello.

I'm currently sat in Love Crumbs, (find it here...) a delightful cake shop in Edinburgh before toddling off to a…
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Icy beer, brain freeze and the problem with being tired..

It's been a hard day. Sometimes they just are. That's not to say it hasn't been fun, quite the contrary,…
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Post-match: Eng V Ita

This is, it should be said, a conflicted World Cup for me. I am massively excited to see the games, the…
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Gaffer Rehearsals – Day 1

So, here we are, day one. There's always mixed feelings starting a rehearsal process - fear, panic and excitement mix…
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Who’s the funniest?

I keep getting to the station late at night and, having found I've missed the last bus by seconds (seriously…
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Art ‘n’ That

"Try it yourself". That's what Neil Buchanan use to say as he'd demonstrate his creation, undoubtedly involving dried pasta, PVA…
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Gaffer – Opening soon

This June I'm directing a revival of a play called Gaffer. I'm finding it hard to articulate how I feel…
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Review: WMCForum

Sam Freeman is an extremely polished act. He read from a book while deconstructing and commentating on the fact he…
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Gigs

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Keep in touch with my latest projects:    E-mail me: darklaughs(at)outlook.com
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Comedy Songs

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Review: Meat & Liquor

In my life I have given probably close to twenty people severe food poisoning. I have to confess I am…
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Five Best: Ben Folds Videos

1# - Army I just love this video, it was one of the first BBF songs I learnt to play…
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Review: Warrington Guardian

Credit must also go to the strong line-up of support acts, particularly Sam Freeman whose bizarre observations, inspired by the…
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Resolutions

I'm not a big fan of the whole New Year's celebration and, in particular the resolutions that accompany them. After…
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Gig #59 – The one where I tried to start incest in the audience.

So Sam, how was the gig tonight? Well, to be honest both strange and good. Strange and good? Come on,…
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Giggidy, Giddidy, Gee…

Sometimes you do a gig, a gig you expected to be amazing, a gig you thought would lift you on…
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50 Gigs In

It's 10 past midnight and I can't sleep. This I suspect may be for one of two reasons. The first…
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Who am I? Being a brand

"Who am I?"  I've had a few conversations with both new comedians and theatre companies recently about marketing themselves to…
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A tale of three gigs

It's inevitable over the course of doing something that you will have moments of great highs, moments of great lows…
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Gig Report #43: Bottletop Comedy

When I was around gigs 5 - 15 I went through a stage of recording how each gig had progressed…
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Charity Ordeals & reaching 40

Just a quick post tonight after I reached two milestones in my comedy career. Firstly I just did my first…
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‘Tree’ by Daniel Kitson

I always find it very interesting in how artists, be them comedians, playwrights, actors or musicians progress over time. I…
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Me and the NHS

This is an article written for York Theatre Royal's blog for Floating but I thought I'd share it on here too...…
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Three gigs

I've not written about stand-up and how my gigging has been going for a while so I thought I'd write…
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Edinburgh 2013

A quick note about some of the shows I've seen this festival with a short review - please do not…
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Fourteen things I learnt at university (circa 7 years ago)

Me at Uni - going through what I can only describe as my dressing like a…
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An open letter to my 16 year old self.

Dear Sam, This must be a bit strange getting a letter from your future self - I imagine you're wondering…
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A prolonged silence…

It's been a while since I last wrote a blog post. It's not that I haven't tried, I have, god…
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An Edinburgh Hour – Part 2

Hello and welcome back. This is my attempt to put some rough ideas down for new material and potentially a…
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An Edinburgh Hour…

Last week I got a bad review. A very bad review. I know what you're thinking, "I bet it wasn't…
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Arts Marketing: Now What? (Part 1)

I've not written a post about arts marketing for a while so, as I find myself on box office in…
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Kitson and Kirk

This week has been pretty good so far. I say pretty good, I mean on the one hand I've enjoyed…
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When will I be on Live at the Apollo?

Recently I had two gigs back-to-back that weren't terrible. Hardly a ringing endorsement, but when I told a mate i'd…
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Gigs #20 & #21 – A tale of two gigs

I've decided to roll gigs #20 & #21 together as they are good examples of how life doesn't always work…
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Gig #19 – The Holly Bush, Dudley

I've not blogged for a couple of gigs and had no real intention of doing many more, however, after talking…
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